Women’s golf to take on Bowling Green

By Sam Bauman

The women’s golf team will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete at the Dolores Black Falcon Invite on Saturday and Sunday.

The Huskies are coming off a third place finish out of 10. They look to continue their successful spring play.

The Huskies will continue to expect all golfers to raise their games. The strength for this NIU team lies in the belief that any player can and will step up in every competition. From one to five, the Huskies have had strong team play all season; in fact, all five Huskie golfers have had a top 15 finish this spring. Head coach Kim Kester recognizes the strength in her roster.

“Any given day, each and every one of these kids can step up,” Kester said. “There’s not just one person. There are six people and it can be any one of them.”

The Huskies will bring along a sixth golfer for the first time this season. Freshman Natalya Schleebs will make her debut this weekend. Schleebs was the team captain for her Metea Valley High School team in 2010 and 2011; she was named the team’s MVP both seasons. She also was a state finalist and finished 39th in 2011.

The Huskies will look to start fast this weekend. Kester recognizes the Huskies can’t fall behind, especially when there’s the possibility for inclement conditions.

“It’s a two-day tournament,” Kester said. “With these types of tournaments you can’t win it on the first day, but you can definitely lose it. It’s going to be windy. It’s going to be key that we play smart and keep the ball in play.”

Should the Huskies start this tournament strong they will likely place high. With five proven golfers and a sixth who shows a lot of potential, the Huskies have the line-up from top to bottom to have another top 10 finish. NIU has yet to have a finish below sixth this spring, a trend it’s hoping to keep up.

Kester has higher hopes, though.

“The girls have shown that they have the game to win each and every tournament,” Kester said. “We hope to win this weekend.”